Xinca

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The 3,500 Xinca Indians live in the communities of Taxisco, Chiquimulilla, and Guazacapan in Santa Rosa Department, in southeastern Guatemala. As a tribal group or social entity, they cannot be said to exist any longer; only individuals who call themselves Xinca still exist. The Xinca language is dead or nearly so. Culturally and linguistically, the Xinca are related to the Lenca Indians. The Xinca have not borne well the stresses of the Spanish Conquest, nor the more recent influences of acculturation.

Bibliography

Campbell, Lyle, et al. (1975). Papers on the Xinca of Eastern Guatemala. Columbia: Museum of Anthropology, University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Kelvin Jiménez
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Mar 20, 2012 @ 11:11 am
THANKS FOR YOUR WORK IN OUR XINKA NATION DR. LYLE CAMPBELL. WE ARE ALIVE AND CAN RESCUE OUR LANGUAGE STILL. WE ARE TEACHING XINKA LANGUAGE TO TEACHERS IN JUTIAPA AND SANTA ROSA
Olando Retana
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Dec 9, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
We must do our best to keep the Xinka culture and associated languages alive. I identify myself as a Xinka person. I want to create an environment where the Xinka language can be taught to our children! I need someone who can teach them.

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